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Radiation warnings on cell phones in Berkeley, CA.  Nutritional information on fast food.  GMO content is consumer foods.

In each case, the drive to label has been under the guise of "Right to Know".  But the right to know what?  Has the individual been given enough information to actually develop a reasoned opinion?  Random data, provided by labeling, does not give any context to assess importance.

For example, is this fast food item (200 g serving, 500 cal total, 26 g total fat, 0 transfat, 22 g protein, 20% daily iron) healthy or not?  What about this item from my home (170 g serving, 600 cal total, 29 g total fat, 0 transfat, 20 g protein, 25% daily iron)?  Raw numbers do not emphasize the difference between a McRib® and two peanut butter sandwiches.  Either is a valid choice for lunch.

This lack of context also opens an opportunity to manipulate the masses.  The cell phone and GMO labeling is guided by the precautionary principle.  "If anything might be bad, it must be eliminated."  Raw data does not reveal risk/reward analysis.  Consider that the chemical dihydrogen monoxide causes about 4000 deaths/year in the US.  Is that enough to seek banning DHMO, for public safety?  With regards to cell phone radiation, how much radiation occurs with other sources; like power transmission, terrestrial and satellite TV/radio, sunlight, etc?  If the individual does not know this, then what comparison with cell phones can be determined?
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I call bullshit. Life is hard and painful. Being an adult sucks. To blame the professors and the system for being too hard only creates victims. The article overlooks the obvious question: "Which is more painful? The short-term hardship of college or long-term hardships from a lack of education?" If the article wishes to be consistent that question must be considered.

This type of 'snowflake children' thinking has already crippled primary and secondary education, causing the problems to appear in higher education too.
It's no surprise to anyone that many people who start college do not end up completing it. The U.S. Department of Education claims that 'as of 2012, only 59 percent of students on average...
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The pastor does not need permission from the state governor to ban LGBT members. The First Amendment does that for you. NO ONE is forcing you to accept anyone into your church. Do not fall victim to the fear and panic that distract you from God's work.
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The process of appointing Supreme Court justices is already politicized. Requiring them to be elected would destroy any sense of impartiality. The judges would have to promise certain rulings to gain votes, before hearing any affected cases. That is the definition of prejudicial misconduct.
Most Americans would support imposing a term limit on the nine U.S. Supreme Court justices, who now serve for life, a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll has found in the aftermath of major rulings by the court on Obamacare and gay marriage. Congress shows no signs of taking up the idea, though Republican presidential contender Ted Cruz has suggested the possibility of justices being voted out of office.
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I see the education consulting business as cannibalizing the industry. If you are that good and smart as a consultant, we need your expertise in the classroom directly.
I hear from a lot of frustrated teachers who are passionate about K-12 education, but are looking for a bigger way to make a difference and benefit more students while still keeping their fingers...
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My wife's latest book with a Roaring 20's adventure and Lovecraftian monsters.
 
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I find it ironic that the conservative faction of Christianity is bad-mouthing the progressive branch. The modern concept of evangelicalism has roots less than 200 years old in a religion that is 2000 years old. If resistance to social change (unchanging nature of God) is a major key of the dogma, then the evangelicals were the heretics once upon a time.
Christian Conservatives Have Found A New Target After losing the war against marriage equality Conservative Christians have chose a new target to attack, Progressive Christians. This is the group...
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I have to say that I find some of the hatred as practised by the religious right in the US to be pretty objectionable (1 Corinthians anyone?) on the other hand I believe in a lot of the principles they support because they are in the Bible. Believing in absolute right and wrong is somewhat counter cultural however.
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This is unacceptable.  Why you ask?  The newer Google Photos does not have the capacity to tag faces in photos.  You can turn on its recognition algorithms for your face, but not others.  I tag photos to make it easier for others within my family circle to see pictures of each other, despite thousands of miles and years of time.  It is more efficient than emailing each and every picture.
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Rep. Gowdy:

Is the president expected to call the family of every murder victim, or just those committed by 'those people'? It was not the fault of the president nor his agencies that the alleged killer was still in the country. That honor goes to the sanctuary city in which the crime was committed. I find it reprehensible that you would seek to score political points via the death of an innocent. Whereas the family may deserve a condolence call from Obama, you owe them an apology.
It’s been well-documented that President Obama loves hanging out (and texting) his celebrity pals like Beyoncé and Jay-Z . But for one Republican congressman, it’s completely unacceptable...
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The driver of the car that hit the Google vehicle had "neck and back pain". How long will it take some shyster to swoop in on behalf of the driver at fault and sue Google for a trillion dollars in "pain and suffering" damages?
Google's self-driving car project has become the victim of yet another rear-ender fender-bender, this time with injuries.
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Is he implying that the kindergarten teachers should only encourage heterosexual sex among their students? I was under the impression that encouraging child sex was a felony, gay or straight.
A bunch of anti-LGBT wingnuts gathered in Dallas on Tuesday to launch a new coalition to fight same-sex marriage. They included Peter LeBarbera of Americans For Truth About Homosexuality ,...
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